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Designer or Deal: small boxy tote

Designer or Deal: small boxy tote: designer tote / affordable tote /

There are so many versions of a small boxy tote on the market right now, it can be a little overwhelming. While considered a cult classic style, it seems to be moving into the forefront of handbag fashion right now, and everyone is grabbing one!

Prices can range from common designer price points in the $1000-$3000 range as well as upwards of five figures. Thankfully there is a mid-market handbag brand known for good quality at affordable prices. Love that!

The small boxy tote shown above near the “deal” arrow, is actually labelled “medium” by the handbag brand. It is available in a mini, small, medium, and large. All of the available sizes are right on trend, and can be considered classic as well, so you can put them in the investment category. I also love that these totes are anonymous, chic, and offer strong leather and finishes for under $500.

Of course, the designer version of the small boxy tote is luxurious and also offers excellent craftsmanship, so it is up to you which direction you would like to go.

Boxy totes can be worn in neutral or black, as well as fun colors for the summer season. Right now, we are seeing vivid colors and pastels in addition to timeless neutrals. Which color will you choose? The deal version above is at the top of my wish list right now!

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Designer or Deal Brooch

Designer or Deal Brooch: designer brooch / affordable brooch /

The brooch is back! I am so excited this timeless look is back on the runway and about to return to the streets. The brooch is a beautiful jewelry piece which can be worn on one’s lapel or dress. it instantly dresses up a solid color garment or adds personality to an otherwise conservative look. While wearing a brooch is considered a classic look, they swing in and out of popularity. This year, the brooch was all over the runway, making it very popular and a huge emerging trend. Love that!

You can wear any type of brooch. Some brooches will be fun, such as a bird or fruit, other brooches will be a beautiful, symmetrical or asymmetrical design. You can find brooches with jewels, faux jewels, or in solid metal. The designs are endless.

My favorite brooches are vintage, but I also love costume jewelry versions of the brooch. The classic style shown above can be worn with almost anything and will be easy to wear year after year. The question is, would you perfect the designer version or the more affordable version?

Brooches found around the web:

Which style of brooch do you perfer?

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Designer or Deal Cap Toe Shoes

Designer or Deal: Cap Toes Shoes from top: designer cap toe shoes / affordable cap toe shoes /

Cap toe shoes are a timeless shoe design. I am sure you have owned at least one pair at some point in your life. This classic shoe style is always in fashion, although, for the spring/summer 2024 season they are extremely hot. So, if you already own a pair, fabulous! If not, read on . . .

Slingback cap toe shoes are hot right now; especially with texture such as a natural fabrication. The low block heel, natural fabric and slingback style offers the perfect structured shoe for the warm weather season. This cap toe shoe style can be worn with business casual attire as well as dresses for graduation, high tea, outdoor luncheon’s and more. Love it!

The natural fabrication has added new life to this classic shoe style for the spring 2024 season, and I am here for it! I already purchased the affordable pair; which happens to have built in arch support, making it the perfect shoe in my opinion. Love!

What do you think of this new twist on an old favorite shoe style? Will you be rocking it this spring/summer season? Are you splurging for the designer pair or going for the affordable pair with arch support?

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